SEO question: Hyphens in URL...

by LucasT
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Has anybody tested whether or not a hyphenated keyword for a URL is as SEO friendly as a non-hyphenated URLs?

Example:

www.high-ranking-keyword.com vs www.highrankingkeyword.com

(I'm sure this discussion has taken place before, if you know this to be true then please point me in the right direction)

Thanks
#hyphens #question #seo #url
  • Profile picture of the author bizfox
    Google ignores hyphens and other punctuations. Looks bad for normal people though.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I use both and focus more on getting the domain name to include words I want to use. I usually try to limit to one or two hyphens but I have a domain with four hyphens (an older site) that does fine.

      Given the choice I'd go with no hyphens - but sometimes the choice isn't there for some keywords.

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  • Profile picture of the author KatyaSenina
    I wouldn't use hyphens... It looks so unprofessional.
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    • Profile picture of the author LucasT
      Well,

      I agree that hyphens in a domain name can be unprofessional for a business website, but for a sub niche to drive small amounts of traffic and for back-linking purposes, it seems it wouldn't hurt.
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      • Profile picture of the author Bronwyn and Keith
        Hi LucasT

        If you ever wonder about hyphens go to just about any page #1 on Google and you will see all sorts of strange characters included in the URL's so why on earth would you worry about a little old hyphen (or two) in a domain.

        What matters is that:-

        1) It gets indexed
        2) it gets onto page #1
        3) people see it and click it.

        The rest as they say is "money in the bank".

        Regards


        Bronwyn and Keith
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  • Profile picture of the author tyroneshum
    Hyphens wouldn't matter much in SEO as long as you have the targeted keywords in them. The only thing that's conflicting in this is having the "recall" for your readers. Domains with hyphens are easily misspelled or forgotten.
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